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* LackOfEmpathy: He never expresses even the slightest remorse for his crimes or gives an impression that he sees the women he goes after as anything more than existing for his pleasure.


* TroubledTeen: Starts off 9th grade depressed and angry, outcast from her peers due to a calling the cops at a WildTeenParty, and soon enough, stops speaking entirely. [[spoiler: It's later revealed she was raped at that same party.]]

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* TroubledTeen: Starts off 9th grade depressed and angry, outcast from her peers due to a calling the cops at a WildTeenParty, and soon enough, stops speaking entirely. [[spoiler: It's later revealed she was raped at that same party.]]



* DirtyCoward: He is a total coward who only goes after girls he thinks can't defend themselves, he didn't bother to fight back and devolves into a pleading wreck when caught in the act.

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* DirtyCoward: He is a total coward who only goes after girls he thinks can't defend themselves, he didn't bother to fight back and devolves into a pleading wreck when themselves. When he's caught in the act.act by a group of athletes who can certainly overpower him, he becomes a pleading wreck.



* EyeScream: Melinda fights him off in the finale by throwing paint cleaner in his eyes.

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* EyeScream: In the movie, Melinda fights him off in the finale by throwing paint cleaner in his eyes.



* InsaneTrollLogic: In the climax, when he corners Melinda in the janitor's closet, Andy tries to claim that all of the other girls he had assaulted and/or harassed were practically asking for it, so therefore, he is not a rapist.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: In the climax, when he corners Melinda in the janitor's closet, Andy tries to claim that all of the other girls he had assaulted and/or harassed were practically asking for it, so so, therefore, he is not a rapist.



* NeverMyFault: He attacks Melinda for ruining his rep. He never considers if maybe it was his own fault for, you know, being a rapist.
* PaperTiger: Despite being an athlete and in good shape, he's totally useless in a fight pr against anyone who defends themselves against him.

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* NeverMyFault: He attacks Melinda for ruining his rep.reputation. He never considers if maybe it was his own fault for, you know, being a rapist.
* PaperTiger: Despite being an athlete and in good shape, he's totally useless in a fight pr against anyone who defends can defend themselves against him.



* AmbiguousSituation: It's not clear exactly what her relationship with Melinda was before the fateful party, especially since she wasn't there when Melinda called the police, as it's not spelled out if she was avoiding Melinda because she's unpopular or if they were friends and drifted apart. Given the friendly interactions that she has with Melinda later on, as well as her distaste with Rachel's increasingly haughty attitude, it's possibly the former.

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* AmbiguousSituation: It's not clear exactly what her relationship with Melinda was before the fateful party, especially since she wasn't there when Melinda called the police, as it's not spelled out if she was avoiding Melinda because she's unpopular or if they were friends and drifted apart. Given the friendly interactions that she has with Melinda later on, as well as her distaste with for Rachel's increasingly haughty attitude, it's possibly the former.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's a nice guy but he's hardly a doormat. When Mr. Neck goes off on a xenophobic rant during the middle of class, David is among those who is not afraid to stand up against this.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's a nice guy but he's hardly a doormat. When Mr. Neck goes off on a xenophobic rant during the middle of class, David is among those who is are not afraid to stand up against this.



* NiceGuy: He's the one of the few people who's actually nice to Melinda from the start and doesn't care about what happened at the party.

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* NiceGuy: He's the one of the few people who's who are actually nice to Melinda from the start and doesn't care about what happened at the party.



A group of girls at Melinda's school that follow everything Martha Stewart related. The three senior members are named Meg, Emily, and Siobhan. Heather joins them later on, but quickly sees that a membership isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

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A group of girls at Melinda's school that follow everything Martha Stewart related. The three senior members are named Meg, Emily, and Siobhan. Heather joins them later on, on but quickly sees that a membership isn't all that it's cracked up to be.



* BlindingBangs: It can be inferred that she has these, as the reason she's called "Hairwoman" is because of whatever hairdo she has covers her face.

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* BlindingBangs: It can be inferred that she has these, as the reason she's called "Hairwoman" is because of whatever hairdo she has that her hair covers her face.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In the sense that she's one of the few teachers that gets through to Melinda, though not directly.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In the sense that she's one of the few teachers that gets get through to Melinda, though not directly.



The guidance counselor that tries to help Melinda with her trauma.

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The guidance counselor that who tries to help Melinda with her trauma.



* AdultsAreUseless: She cannot really help because she doesn't really understand. She tries but fails, as she's a guidance counselor and not a therapist.
* NoNameGiven: She's referred to as her job.

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* AdultsAreUseless: Downplayed. She cannot really help can see that something is wrong with Melinda, but because she doesn't really understand. She tries but fails, as she's a guidance counselor and not a therapist.
therapist, she can't really be effective.
* NoNameGiven: She's referred to as by her job.job title.


* DirtyCoward: He is a total coward, he didn't bother to fight back and devolves into a pleading wreck when caught in the act.

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* DirtyCoward: He is a total coward, coward who only goes after girls he thinks can't defend themselves, he didn't bother to fight back and devolves into a pleading wreck when caught in the act.


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* EyeScream: Melinda fights him off in the finale by throwing paint cleaner in his eyes.


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* PaperTiger: Despite being an athlete and in good shape, he's totally useless in a fight pr against anyone who defends themselves against him.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He expresses sincere concern for Melinda after Andy's attack, showing he's not totally heartless.
* PetTheDog: Despite their adversarial relationship, he expresses genuine concern for Melinda in the finale, even using her first name for the first time in the film.


* PerpetualFrowner: She pretty much never smiles. Understandable given her circumstances.



* TheStoic: Big time, to the point of seeing how long she can go without speaking.



* DirtyCoward: He is a total coward, he didn't bother to fight back.

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* DirtyCoward: He is a total coward, he didn't bother to fight back.back and devolves into a pleading wreck when caught in the act.
* EvilIsPetty: He will occasionally taunt girls he assaulted in the hallway.


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* NeverMyFault: He attacks Melinda for ruining his rep. He never considers if maybe it was his own fault for, you know, being a rapist.


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* {{Sadist}}: He enjoys assaulting girls and tormenting them afterwards.


* DirtyCoward: He is a total coward, he didn't bother to fight back.



* KarmaHoudini: Downplayed. It's revealed in the sequel ''Catalyst'' that while at most he gets a slap on the wrist (and no jail time) for what he had done to Melinda as well as to other girls, he is still made to register as a sex offender and the assault is permanently on his record, so he didn't get off ''completely'' unscathed.

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* KarmaHoudini: Downplayed. It's revealed in the sequel ''Catalyst'' that while at most he gets a slap on the wrist (and no jail time) for what he had done to Melinda as well as to other girls, he is still made to register as a sex offender and the assault is permanently on his record, not only that he's pretty much gonna get doxed for being a rapist, so he didn't get off ''completely'' unscathed.scot-free.


* SelfHarm: Her lip-biting. In a few instances, she makes herself bleed doing this.

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* SelfHarm: Her lip-biting. In a few instances, she makes herself bleed doing this. She also marks up her arms a few times.

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* TroubledTeen: Starts off 9th grade depressed and angry, outcast from her peers due to a calling the cops at a WildTeenParty, and soon enough, stops speaking entirely. [[spoiler: It's later revealed she was raped at that same party.]]


* AuthorAvatar: As the novel was based on Laurie Anderson's personal experiences of having been raped as a teenager and the trauma she faced, Melinda is naturally this.

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* AuthorAvatar: As the novel was based on Laurie Anderson's Creator/LaurieAnderson's personal experiences of having been raped as a teenager and the trauma she faced, Melinda is naturally this.



* GoodVictimsBadVictims: A self-inflicted example. Part of what hampers Melinda's ability to recover and move on is her refusal to fully acknowledge what happened to her on that fateful night because she blames herself for not being able to see straight away that Andy was taking advantage of her (never mind that she was barely 14 years old at the time and was [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy more than a bit tipsy]] on top of that).



* UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming: A self-inflicted example. Part of what hampers Melinda's ability to recover and move on is her refusal to fully acknowledge what happened to her on that fateful night because she blames herself for not being able to see straight away that Andy was taking advantage of her (never mind that she was barely 14 years old at the time and was [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy more than a bit tipsy]] on top of that).


TheProtagonist, a high school freshman who's been branded as a social outcast due to calling the police during a party in the summer where she had been raped.

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TheProtagonist, The protagonist, a high school freshman who's been branded as a social outcast due to calling the police during a party in the summer where she had been raped.


* NiceGuy: Without a doubt.

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* NiceGuy: Without a doubt.doubt, as he's one of the few teachers that genuinely get through to Melinda.



* CoolTeacher: She tries to be this but she fails.

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* CoolTeacher: She tries to be this but she fails.fails and her students find her boring or annoying at best.


* HairDecorations: Wears multiple colored Sharpies in her bun as a reflection of her artistic personality.

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* HairDecorations: MeaningfulAppearance: Wears multiple colored Sharpies in her bun as a reflection of her artistic personality.


* CharacterDevelopment: Over the course of the book, Melinda eventually finds the strength to open up, reveal her dark secret, accept what has happened to her, and is slowly able to recover from her trauma.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Over the course of the book, Melinda eventually finds the strength to open up, reveal her dark secret, accept what has happened to her, and is slowly able to recover start recovering from her trauma.


* TheQuietOne: After the rape, she became withdrawn and barely speaks to anyone.

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* TheQuietOne: After the rape, she became becomes withdrawn and barely speaks to anyone.



* UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming: A self-inflicted example. Part of what hampers Melinda's ability to recover and move on is her refusal to fully acknowledge what happened to her on that fateful night because she blames herself for not being able to see straight away that Andy was taking advantage of her (never mind that she was barely 14 years old at the time and was [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy more than a bit tipsy]] on top of that).



* FauxAffablyEvil: He uses his popularity among his fellow students to hide his sinister intentions.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: He uses his popularity among his fellow students Puts on the front of a BigManOnCampus to hide his sinister intentions.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She wanted to be part of the popular clique, but when she gets her wish, it turns out it wasn't as great as she thought.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She seems like a friendly person but is really a manipulative backstabber.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: She wanted to be part of the popular clique, but when she gets her wish, it turns out it wasn't as great as she thought.
thought it would be.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She seems like a friendly person but is really a manipulative and self-serving backstabber.



* ForeignCultureFetish: Once high school starts, she hangs out with the European exchange students, tries to speak French more (as well as being shown planning out a trip to Paris for summer vacation), and [[spoiler:starts going out with a boy from Portugal after breaking up with Andy]].

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* ForeignCultureFetish: Once high school starts, she hangs out with the European exchange students, tries to speak French more (as well as being shown planning out a trip to Paris for summer vacation), and [[spoiler:starts starts going out with a boy from Portugal after breaking up with Andy]].Andy.


* AmbiguousSituation: While the epilogue reveals that Rachel considered calling Melinda up, it is uncertain as to whether or not Melinda would forgive her, let alone on whether or not they can rekindle their friendship.

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* AmbiguousSituation: While the epilogue reveals that Rachel considered calling called and left Melinda up, a message to apologize to her, it is uncertain as to whether or not Melinda would forgive her, let alone on whether or not they can rekindle their friendship.

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